Botallack Artist Laura Hodgson

Laura Hodgson popped in today (30 July 2015) with some of her exciting new work…

Botallack artist Laura lives close to the Geevor Tin Mine which has been the focus of much recent activity in the filming of the BBC’s second series of Poldark.

Laura has been painting all her life and uses a striking blend of oils and acrylics to produce highly original paintings of her beloved Cornish landscape. Her favourite locations include Kenidjack Carn, Trencrom Hill and the area surrounding Pendeen and Zennor.

Laura has already built up a successful sales record at the Alverton Gallery and is most certainly one to watch. Another Botallack artist, Hilary Anderson, lives next door to Laura; Hilary’s work can also be seen at the Alverton Gallery.

SOLD! – “Music of the Sea” by Ges Wilson artist

SOLD!!! Music of the Sea by Ges Wilson artist (Gallery price £250)

More about Ges from her website:

I make work that is either figurative or semi-abstract landscape, both arising from the act of drawing, not primarily as an observed record – but describing experience and memory, sometimes obscured by time.
Processes are important and I may use layering, mixed media, dripping, pouring, drawing with sticks – these all assist in suppressing the ego, diverting the conscious mind to allow materials and processes to reveal something workable, something that communicates personal encounters, maybe on the ocean, surfing, sailing, tasting salt tasting spray, remembering misty days, cherishing a good wave……..
I try to simplify and to look fresh at a time, a space, an object removed from its surroundings, often just glimpsed and revealed.

Rachel Henson Artist

Rachel Henson artist called in today to ring the changes and drop off some new examples of her eye-catching paintings. Can you see the nesting blackbirds?

More about Rachel Henson artist from her website:

July 2013 – featured artist of the month at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance.

January 2013 – More illustrations for It’s a Wrap Cornwall.

November 20th 2012 – January 8th 2013, six pieces exhibited at the Lander Gallery for the ‘Christmas Show’ Exhibition.

February 2012 – a new range of 18 childrens cards and 6 wrapping paper designs for

November 20th 2011 – January 8th 2012, six pieces exhibited at the Lander Gallery for the ‘Christmas Show’ Exhibition.

June 28th 2011 – July 3rd 2011, solo exhibition at THE POLY, FALMOUTH.

November 20th 2010 – January 8th 2011, five pieces exhibited at the Lander Gallery for the ‘Christmas Show’ Exhibition.

June 19th – 4th September 2010, five pieces exhibited at the Lander Gallery for the summer show ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ Exhibition.

March 15th – April 17th 2010, seven pieces exhibited at the Lander Gallery for the spring show ‘Garden Delights’ Exhibition.

December 2009 – present. Exhibiting in the Alverton Gallery Penzance.

June 2009  Completed five childrens fairy illustrations for cards.

January-December 2009 designed over 50 chocolate bar wrappers for It’s a wrap Cornwall .

December 2008 completed 12 illustrations and story for ‘Tocos’ Island’ (the story of a toucan in a rainforest).

2007-2008 designed a range of 11 wildlife illustrations for prints and cards.

2006-2007 completed 12 illustrations for ‘The Little Seahorse’ (the story of a seahorse).

1995-1999 various commissions for portraits, pets, very large mural and work printed in books.

1993-1995 HND in Natural history illustration at the Bornemouth and Poole College of Art and Design (distinction).

1991-1993 OND at the Falmouth College of Art.

Helene Llewellyn Jeweller

Saturday was a busy day for us with ‪#‎mazey‬ and we were also visited by Helene Llewellyn jeweller as she brought in some new beautiful jewellery pieces for us – come and have a look!

Helene, also known as “Lenny”, makes distinctive and original jewellery for those who like to stand out from the crowd. Each piece is individually styled and beads are matched to pendants to create a unique personal statement. Lenny travels to Venice and the island of Murano to purchase the beautiful glass beads made there. Each of her pieces is individually made by hand using techniques passed down through generations. The addition of gold or silver leaf really brings the colours to life. When Lenny returns home she adds semi-precious stones, crystals, pearls and her own handmade beads to produce her own original designs. Many of the beads she uses are personally chosen by her while on her trips away.

Featured Artist June Hicks

This month’s featured artist – June Hicks.
Cornwall artist June Hicks has produced classic landscape etchings for more years than she would care to remember. She learnt her art and craft under the tutelage of renowned printmaker, Edward Bouverie Hoyton when he was principal of the Penzance School of Art. He it was who drummed into her the necessity of fine observation and the importance of careful and precise technique as a way of producing art.
The Alverton Gallery, under its new owner Roger Driscoll, is featuring a number of her exquisite etchings this month. The detailed pictures of her part of Cornwall (she lives in Sennen) demonstrate her refined abilities to capture the atmosphere of the likes of Newlyn and Lamorna with studies of Venice and the interior of a garden shed thrown in.
Her many fans will, no doubt be joined by more during this exhibition which runs until the end of June, Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30 to 5.

More about June from her website:

June Hicks was born in Yorkshire and has lived in Cornwall since 1957. She is married to the farmer, Michael Hicks, whose paintings are also exhibited on this site. She studied art at Penzance School of Art with Bouverie Hoyton and John Tunnard and later learned to etch with Joan Whiteford.

In 1987 she opened her own etching workshop and small gallery at Trevescan, near Sennen. Her work is now in private collections and galleries in Cornwall and beyond. She exhibits regularly with St Ives Society of Artists in the Mariners and Crypt Galleries and is a founder member of Penwith Printmakers, which had its last ever group shows in 2013.

From day one I was fascinated by tJune Etching againhe process of etching,” June writes. “When a drawing is transferred to a metal plate and becomes a print something hard to define happens. it is this elusive mutation which means that the excitement of lifting the blankets and pulling the damp paper off the inked plate never stops. You must respect technique constantly – carelessness can punish with disaster, acid can be fickle, aquatints unpredictable – but surprise bonus effects happen too. Subjects are all around: whatever has light and shade, form and texture invites translation into the hand-printed image.”